Madison's Song

Madison's Song

by Christine Amsden

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Madison's Song was a finalist the category of Fantasy in the Foreword Reviews 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award.

"...Fans of the Cassie Scot series and romantic fantasy will gobble this one up. Amsden hooks us from page one and doesn't let us go until the end." ~ Midwest Book Review

Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black...

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison's nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison's brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton's home only to discover that he's vanished! Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she's not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott's are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

Praise for Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective

"In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. ...Readers will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado." ~ Publishers Weekly

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151110457
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Series: Cassie Scot , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 414 KB

About the Author

Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a "serious" writer in 2003 after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. Her works include The Immortality Virus and the popular Cassie Scot series, where Madison first appeared as a minor character.

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Madison's Song 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I was so sad when I finished the Cassie Scot series. Then I was so excited to get my hands on Madison’s Song. It’s a companion book to the series and features several characters I wanted to know more about. Christine Amsden is a master at hooking you into the story from the first couple of sentences. The prologue captivated me right away. I pressed on, anxious to get to the whole story and excited to enter this world again. I always thought Madison was stronger, more than she thought she was. Her power of song, her gift of evoking emotions through her singing, is a powerful gift. She is just discovering how handy it can be. Especially with werewolves slathering to eat her. Her fear of werewolves is well founded. An encounter with Scott, the local pack leader, left her riddled with nightmares and dealing with lots of anxiety. To be around him terrifies her. This is where she shows her toughness though. Her brother Clinton has vanished after calling and telling her he’s been bitten by a werewolf. The only one she knows might be able to help him is Scott. Imagine Scott’s surprise when he opens the door and there stands Madison. He knows how she feels about him. He can’t blame her after what he put her through. That shes’ there at all stuns him. Of course he’ll help her. He’s Clinton’s only chance at surviving the transformation and attacks from other packs. Plus it gives him time to be close to Madison. Maybe to change her fear of him to something else. Something more romantic. But that’s a problem too as his best friend, Evan, a powerful wizard, is Madison’s half brother. His threats to rip Scott limb from limb if he so much as looks at Madison are not to be taken lightly. I couldn’t wait for the road trip with Scott and Madison. These two are perfect for each other and I’ve been waiting a long time to see if or how they finally hook up. Things get strange when they run across a rogue werewolf, Clara. She’s a werewolf but she wasn’t bitten. Using her to track down who took Clinton, they stumble onto something. It could be good for the werewolves, or it could be disastrous. I had a feeling it couldn’t be good so I read late into the night to find out. I found out. I found out a lot of things by the end of the book. I loved every bit of this and sure hope the author continues with more companion novels. I can think of many other characters who I’d enjoy getting to know better.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Received the ebook for free for an honest review The cover is awesome and scary all at the same time. It is very beautiful :) I truly loved the Cassie Scot series and was very sad when it ended, so I jumped at the chance to read this companion novel. This book has Madison, Scott, and Evan in it…sadly no Cassie, but I live with it was it was just an awesome story and grabbed my attention and held on until the end. I think there is some magic in the words that Christine puts into her stories because it is definitely always magical and all the scenes fill my mind as I read, and I never have a problem picturing it. Madison and Scott’s story is terrifying, exciting, and action packed. I really hope there is more of this world because it is such a magical and wonderful place that Christine has created. If you loved the Cassie Scot series, then you do NOT want to miss reading this book. I highly recommend this series to Christine’s fans of the Cassie Scot series and to anyone who loves magic and thinks werewolves should be a bit more savage than some books portray.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Madison is a very real, believable character, caught up in an urban fantasy world and struggling to align her self-image with reality, her self-worth with the possibility of love, and her Catholic faith with the possibility of magic. The story comes near the end of the author’s Cassie Scott series, and takes one of the side-characters on a journey of her own, but readers don’t need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy this book. There’s a large background of town and people sketched in with just the right amount of depth. But there’s also a firm sense of the here and now in the way the story unfolds, as Madison learns that power might be God-given responsibility, and love might begin with the gift of loving yourself. I love the series and I’m only sorry I didn’t read this one earlier.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Magic and mayhem collide in this fantastic and unforgettable novel! It’s one of those rare reads that you pick up and simply can’t put down. It caused one very sleepless night for me. I love the voice in which Amsden writes. It’s so fun & approachable, while at the same time, it truly drives the story forward. She paints her world before her readers in vivid Technicolor, allowing them to experience it rather than simply read about it. I loved the characters that Amsden fills this novel with. They’re both fun and loveable. The way in which she develops everyone individually here, while also tying it back to how we knew them in the Cassie Scot series was fantastic. Not only does this story spin off from, and connect back to, Amsden’s Cassie Scot series, it’s also a fantastic tale on its own. This novel is darker than the Cassie Scot series proper, but all the more delicious for it. I love how Amsden takes these developed concepts and runs with it, while also allowing readers to appreciate this novel all on its own. The magic in this novel isn’t all with the characters; it flows from the tip of Amsden’s pen in this creative & imaginative tale. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Madison’s Song is a stand-alone companion book to the Cassie Scot series, apparently a series about paranormal detective Cassie Scot. I’ve never read the series before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Madison’s Song, but overall, the book was a fun surprise. When Madison’s brother is bitten by a werewolf, she can only turn to one man for help. But this man, Scott Lee, scares her. He appears in her worst nightmares…yet at the same time, the thought of him thrillers her too, for reasons she can’t explain. But when she summons the courage to ask Scott for help, they discover her brother has vanished. And now it’s up to Scott and Madison to find her brother and save him from demons that are all too real. As you can probably guess, Scott is a werewolf, and about as alpha as they can get. Madison is a music teacher, and she’s quite timid, especially at first. She did grow and became stronger throughout the book. The two of them make an interesting pair, especially with Madison being afraid of him at the start of the book. Some of the topics are a bit darker, but overall, I enjoyed this book. It was filled with action, suspense and romance, and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
When you hear the word werewolf, what comes to mind? A savage beast that kills for the joy of killing? A human who turns into a furry creature at the full moon? A poor soul who would rather be human, but has no choice? Or perhaps you think all these things. Award winning author Christine Amsden’s latest fantasy novel, MADISON’S SONG, starts with action in the prologue and never lets up. Madison is drawn to Scott and possibly loves him. She also fears Scott because he has the power to change her life, and not for the better. Scott is a werewolf (the alpha of his territory) and also a powerful sorcerer, who loves Madison, but doesn’t want to hurt her and tries to protect her from himself. When her brother calls and tells her he’s been turned into a werewolf and needs magic, she knows the only one who can help her save her brother is Scott. Madison and Scott soon discover that much more is going on than her brother being turned into a werewolf. Madison has a power of her own, though she seldom uses it. She has little confidence in her abilities, but when she discovers that her gift may be all that saves them from death or worse, will she find the courage to use her power? Ms. Amsden has written a story about werewolves, magic, sorcerers, romance and prayer. Most of all, MADISON’S SONG is a story about making the best of the life one has. I especially like the way Madison doesn’t depend on just her power to succeed, but puts her faith in God through prayer. This is a story that shows the brutality of the werewolf, along with the evil in man. The author also manages to make Scott a likable character in spite of his behavior as a werewolf. I can only hope we see more of Madison and Scott in the future. ###
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
Madison went through a lot in her life, an abusive, stone cold Stepdad, a fiancee who tried to kill her,, to name a few things, one night she gets a disturbing phone call from her brother, not knowing what to do she asks a man she is terrified of. Insisting to go with Scott to fin her brother, she needs to overcome fears to stay safe and learn to use her gift so she is able to safe herself too. First of all great cover! the book is as good as it looks, story is great and I loved the dynamics between Madison and Scott. I could often see it before me while I read, I was so drawn into the book that I forgot to eat! I read it in one sit! Look forwards to read more from this author. I received a free copy for a honest review
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This is Madison's story. If you read all of the Cassie Scott Paranormal Detective books you will remember that she was the friend who kept getting abducted for various reasons. She also had a magical gift but was convinced by her step father that it was a gift from the Devil and she didn't really use it. She had a gift for music and a singing voice that was magnificent. Her magical gift has never been used nor did she realize it was magical! Scott, a werewolf with definite other magical abilities like most of the others in this town really likes Madison but is afraid if he lets himself get too close he might bite her--Madison is scared to death of Scott but when her brother disappears it is to Scott she goes for help. I loved reading how Madison went from a shy, frightened girl to a strong decisive woman as she and Scott pull out all the plugs magical and otherwise to find her brother. It takes them on a journey which will either solidify their relationship or break it apart forever. And of course there is her step-brother who doesn't want her near Scott or danger at all--Alpha Males--oh well-- I am hoping for another one of these offshoot novels very soon!!!!!!!
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
The complex relationship between Madison and Scott ....................... 4.25 stars “Madison’s Song” by Christine Amsden is a paranormal story that is connected to the ‘Cassie Scot’ series and centers on Madison Carter, who has had to deal with multiple issues related to werewolves, but none so challenging as the news that her beloved brother Clinton has been bitten by a werewolf. Scott Lee has never found a way to get past the life-changing experience he shared with Madison two years prior, with discouraging results for both of them. Unfortunately, there are even more dangers to them and those they care about than ever imagined and they will have to find a way to utilize all of the powers they can muster to fight the evil that threatens to destroy them. This intense paranormal story has both magic urban fantasy blended in an exciting tale. There are several aspects that I found uncomfortable to contemplate but the twists and turns of the story and the rising action makes this a fascinating and compelling read. Despite the fact that this book is tangentially connected to the ‘Cassie Scot’ series, it can be read as a stand-alone, although it provides some interesting insights about some of the characters from that series. This story differs from many other paranormal tales by focusing on the feral nature of werewolves and emphasizing the danger of dealing with an animal that loses its humanity when the beast is dominant. It is wonderful to watch Madison’s maturation and the strength of character that develops and the overarching theme is perfectly reflected in the words from the story, “How can you know love until you can learn to love yourself?” A few issues were not resolved to my satisfaction and I found some of the scenarios a little awkward but I was captured by the action and anxious to find out how things were going to be resolved. This is an exciting story that will appeal to those who love paranormal tales with a twist of magic, but be forewarned that it is not for the squeamish. There are a few threads left dangling to tantalize, so hopefully there will be more stories to give additional glimpses of these complex and compelling characters. A copy of this title was provided to me for review.